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Self Defense and Safety Training Seminar Warning

Posted by Rob on Tuesday, 2 March, 2010

I just read an article about another neighborhood that has become fed up with their escalating crime rates. These residents are no longer going to tolerate these crimes without fighting back. The community has decided to host a Self Defense and Safety Awareness Training, much like many, many communities across the United States.

While these programs inherently seem like a good idea, you must also consider the false sense of security that often occurs after spending the hour or two “learning to fight back.”

I discussed this awhile back using the Kim Kardashian self defense episode from her Keeping Up with the Kardashians show. You can click that link to see that whole blog post.

There are a couple major problems with these one-time self defense classes.

Problem #1: Anyone can claim to be a self defense expert and decide to host a training class. It doesn’t matter if the class is offered for free, or they charge cash. The expert instructor may even be a black belt or otherwise trained in some form of martial arts, but if this individual is not well-versed with effective street worthy defense techniques, you are wasting your time, and unknowingly putting yourself at an extreme disadvantage if something unfortunate were to occur.

Problem #2: Once you learn these “techniques of mass destruction”, unless to habitually train and practice these moves, I guarantee you will forget them. Many people think that showing up for an hour session will grant them the keys to the self defense kingdom, and many times the instructor will reinforce these beliefs before you leave, telling you that you are all set to handle anything that comes your way. Then you leave, never giving these moves a second thought until you are put in a situation where you need to utilize those since forgotten techniques.

Problem #3: You give away your secrets beforehand. This typically happens when you try to show someone else what you just learned, and is one of the exact problems Kim Kardashian’s sister illustrated for us. Khloe went home and told her step-dad everything she just learned, and then tried to demonstrate. All of her techniques failed, crushing her recently inflated sense of security and confidence.

Ok, so how do I learn some meaningful self defense techniques then, you ask?

punch in the faceWell, solution #1 is difficult. You expect an instructor standing in front of a room of people to be competent and trustworthy. Many times, It may not necessarily the instructors fault, he might truly feel he is conveying effective methods for defending yourself, but has no real world experience to back up his claims that sound good on paper, or worked fine in a training dojo on targets who acted out their role in what we would refer to a perfect environment.

My best recommendation is to take anything you learn at one of these classes with a grain of salt. Carefully consider its merit, but also realize that you are not going to gain 10 years worth of martial arts training in an hour or 2. Keep your ego in check.

Solution #2 is easy. Practice, practice, practice what you have learned. Did I say make sure you practice?

The worst thing you can do in any situation, whether we are talking about self defense seminar information, buying pepper spray or a stun gun, or even playing basketball, is to not practice.

You need to practice enough to make sure you are comfortable enough to do whatever it takes, and effectively utilize these moves in a stressful situation. If you have to stop and think what that instructor told you, you fail. If you forgot what pocket you stashed your pepper spray, or never flipped the safety switch before until you had a thug in your face, you fail.

And we aren’t even talking about 3 hours of hardcore training every day. You can “get away” with 20 minutes a couple times a week if that is all you can squeeze into your busy schedule. Trust me, if you are ever faced with a situation where you need to kick someone in the groin, or douse someone with pepper spray, you will treasure all of the practice time you put in. This isn’t like winning a gold medal in the Olympics; well maybe it is, but a gold medal in living if your life just happened to depend on it…

Solution #3 isn’t rocket science either. One of your best defenses is the element of surprise. Most of the time, an attacker is not counting on you to fight back. Kim and her sister’s problem was they told her step-dad what to do, and what they were going to do. So to prove a point, the step-dad did not do “what he was supposed to do,” which flustered the Kardashian sister and rendered their entire “two hour” arsenal useless.

When you practice, you need a good partner but you cannot rely on one way of doing things. A good example is if your technique required you to kick your opponent in the groin. One, you need your training partner to act the part, and act like they got kicked. The problem is: what is the correct way to react to a groin kick? What if they bend over and fall backwards, what if they simply drop straight down to one knee, or what if they collapse forward into your body? If you only ever practiced one way, how would you react if they did something off-script? You need to be prepared for an alternate finish. What if your attacker was jacked up on meth, and just stood there with no effect whatsoever? What if you missed the groin kick and hit them in the inner thigh, that reaction will be less than what you expected? I bet your Self Defense and Safety Training seminar instructor didn’t get in to that great of detail.

This is where enrolling in a good martial arts school could help. It would probably cost you up to $100 a month, but you would get regular training sessions a couple times a week, and some personalized instruction and feedback. Just make sure you are studying at a reputable dojo that teaches effective and realistic self defense. Something like a good American Kenpo or Krav Maga school.

Tae Bo and Cardio Kickboxing are great if you are looking to drop a few pounds and get in shape, but do not confuse exercise classes, sport karate or traditional tai chi styled martial arts with real world self defense. Train where you want; just realize what you are getting out of it.

Another option is instructional self defense DVDs. Now before you condemn video instruction, think about what you are getting and how often you watch YouTube clips to learn other tasks. Sure, you are not going to master a martial art by going through prepackaged white belt through black belt video correspondence courses, but instructional self defense videos aren’t bad.

What you are getting is an hour to a couple hours of self defense footage, but the difference between these DVDs and the training awareness seminar is that you can watch the DVD over and over again, practicing correctly and fine tuning your skills. You do not have to worry about forgetting what you learned 3 months ago and the local YMCA. Just rewind and review over and over, and you may even recognize the martial arts expert in the video, not just some Joe Schmoe local expert…

Or, if you can’t be bothered with learning all that martial arts mumbo jumbo, you can quite simply go the pepper spray, stun gun, TASER device or other self defense weapon route. These items are effective when used properly (meaning buy, practice, carry and deploy when needed).

Just like the self defense techniques, none of these self defense tools will do you a lick of good if you don’t carry them, carry them in inconvenient places, buy it and don’t know how to use it, or if you are simply unwilling to pull the trigger.

Don’t get me wrong, any extra information and awareness training you can get is a good idea. Anything that gets people to pay attention to their surroundings, and warns people to stay out of dark alleys at 2 AM is good. Just don’t fall into a false sense of security thinking you are invincible after a short seminar or that your new keychain pepper spray is a magical shield of protection. And don’t think avoidance is the key, sometimes bad things seek out good people in good neighborhoods or in broad daylight.

Teach yourself the difference between losing your purse and staying unharmed, or fighting for your life or the life of a loved one. Self defense isn’t an exact science; it is full of gut instincts, practical experience and practice, practice, practice.

Every little bit helps, just don’t rely on one sole mechanism to protect you. Always stay alert, use your head and assess the situation – the best you can. That is all you can be expected to do.

Be Safe, Be Prepared.

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Non-Believer Finally Changes Her Mind

Posted by Rob on Monday, 15 February, 2010

Over the past several years, I have received many, many orders for self defense products. Whenever I get a new order, I check the name to see if I remember them as a past customer making a repeat purchase. If I remember the name, I’ll look back through previous orders to see what they purchased last time. More often than not, they are now buying something for a friend or family member the second or third time.

But this past weekend, I received a surprise order from a name I remembered for a different reason. We’ll call her Amanda. For about a year and a half, I have been receiving “hate mail” as I called it from good old Mandy on a fairly regular basis. I never really bothered me much, and I never felt the need to respond, but I’ve put up with her calling me violent, saying I promote violence, and even once calling me a “warmonger”, all because I sell pepper spray, stun guns and other less-than-lethal self defense weapons.

She obviously visited the website and blog rather often because she routinely commented on various new products and statements I have made on the blog over the past several months. All expressing negative opinions. I just kind of laughed her off, she seemed to have quite a bit a free time. I did wonder if she was singling me out, or going after other dealers too?

Like I said before, I never responded to her e-mails, but she was persistent nonetheless, seemingly knowing I was at least reading them. Since she never purchased anything from Worth Protection Security, I didn’t feel the need to waste anytime dealing with her critique. I’m in business to sell self defense products to willing customers. If I spent all my time trying to convince people that didn’t want to protect themselves that they should, I’d never get anything done. I’ll write some general persuasive blog posts to argue my case, but I’m not going to one-on-one argue with someone. Even If I feel my point is more correct .

Now that I mention it, it did seem like I hadn’t heard from her in awhile, so I guess I was about due for some sort of contact. So imagine my surprise, when the next time I see Mandy’s name, it is on a order form, actually buying some of the products she previously condemned?

Mandy wrote a rather long message in the comment field of the order, which was good, because I was rather shocked to she her purchase. In her comments, she very eloquently states that she was wrong in her past objections, and I was right. She went on to tell me that one of her closest friends was attacked and severely beaten late last month, and is still recovering in the hospital. She is expected to spend several more weeks in bed, but isn’t expecting any permanent damage.

Her friend did, however confess to Mandy “I wish I had something I could have used to defend myself.” Talk about a wake-up call, which Mandy says those words “hit her like a ton of bricks.”

Her order included 2 canisters of Mace Pepper Gel, a couple of Wildfire pepper spray key chains, and a couple other self defense products. I imagine she was tooling up herself and her friend at least.

Unfortunately, the non-believers and even the on-the-fencers wait until something up close and personal happens to themselves, a family member, or a friend before they decided to protect themselves. It took this brutal attack on a close friend to change Mandy’s mind, but it shouldn’t have had to get to that. But, some folks need brutally vivid evidence to walk right up to them and smack them straight in the face.

Mandy did mention that she fully intended to carry her personal protection items from now on, not just buying them and leaving them at home. That is extremely important. There is nothing worse than actually owning a self defense product, and not having it on your person when you need it most. Carrying a stun gun, TASER, pepper spray, or a telescopic steel baton should be as habitual as putting your wallet in your front pocket (tip for you), or grabbing your car keys on your way out the door. I’ll never go anywhere without first patting myself to make sure I have everything I need on me at all times, wallet, cell phone, keys, and self defense items.

This means even on short, quick runs to the convenience store to grab a coffee, or slurpie. That means even when you to go to the doctor’s or dentist’s office, or even the post office. I carry something on me everywhere I go, except for checking in at the airport (but you can pack self defense items in a checked suit case to be retrieved immediately after landing).

As the late, great SGM Ed Parker once said, “He who hesitates, meditates in a horizontal position.”

Don’t be the one that waits, don’t be the one that hesitates, and don’t let a friend, family member or yourself get severely beaten before you are ready to take action. Be Safe, be prepared, and act now. Protect yourself and loved ones now, and avoid Mandy’s situation.

Hopefully you may only need to protect yourself or a loved one once in your lifetime. Personally I hope you never have to, but wouldn’t you rather be ready for anything, instead of wishing you had something while lying in a hospital bed?

Be Safe, Be Prepared.

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Shady Pepper Spray Deal

Posted by Rob on Friday, 12 February, 2010

I was walking down the aisle between desks at my Dilbert cube job the other day. This co-worker sees me and waves me over to him.

“Hey man…” he whispers.

Playing along, I whispered back “What’s up?”

He looks around cautiously, lowers his head and voice, and whispers “Hey man, do you still sell those self defense products?”

Still playing along, I look side to side cautiously and whisper back “Yeah man, why are we whispering?”

He ignores my question and continues to whisper “Do you think I should buy some pepper spray for my wife?”

I thought it was kind of an odd question so I replied “I don’t know, do you think you should buy your wife some pepper spray?”, and yes I still humored him and whispered.

Smartly, he did answer this question by saying, I mean whispering “Yeah, sometimes she works late, and then stops off at the gym or grocery store. I don’t like her walking alone in the empty parking lots by herself.” I believe that’s about what I made out; I was getting kind of annoyed straining to hear him whisper.

At this point since we were being all secretive and shady drug dealer like, I wished I was wearing a long trench coat so I could look around cautiously and open up one side of the coat, and display my wares like they were stolen or fake Rolex watches. I would have pulled out my smart phone and let him look at the webpage on my phone, but I had let the battery run out overnight and had to leave it in my car charging.

Assuming he wouldn’t be comfortable going over to his cube and typing up the website on his PC since he was already nervous, I suggested that we head out to the parking lot during lunch and I could “hook him up”. There I go again sounding all drug dealer like… no wonder he kept whispering and looking around…

When we got out to my car, I handed him a catalog, and showed him a few items I had on hand. He found a few things he wanted, and another couple things I didn’t have on me that he wanted to order.

“I don’t suppose you take credit cards do you?” he asked.

This was the point I felt it necessary to point out that 1) these products are 100% LEGAL and didn’t need to whisper around about like he was looking for pot, and 2) yes I have a legitimate business, and take cash, check and yes, all major credit cards.

He kind of laughed and indicated he wasn’t exactly sure, but wanted some items to protect himself and his wife in case anything happened just the same.

“Oh, so all of these items aren’t just for your wife who works late?” I wanted to ask, but I figured I tortured this poor soul enough. I figure the lecture about “how carrying self-defense products do not make you less of a man” could wait until next time.

But this whole incident did shed some light on a common misconception some people must have. Self defense products aren’t just for the meek. Men and women can both benefit from arming themselves with pepper spray, stun guns, TASER devices or any other available self defense weapons.

Haven’t they ever seen Dogg the Bounty Hunter? He’s a pretty rough and tough man’s man, and he is always packing a can of Mace defensive spray or a telescopic steel baton… Of course he is willingly putting himself into harm’s way on a regular basis, so you can imagine he would routinely want to make sure he has an advantage.

Also, you won’t find a manly police officer without a firearm, pepper spray, TASER Device or some form of baton or billy club with them at all times while on duty (and probably a couple of those items when he is off-duty).

But even if you are Joe average citizen, it doesn’t mean you won’t find yourself in a compromising situation when you might need to defend yourself or a loved one. You never know, and you’d rather be safe, than sorry.

Be Safe, Be Prepared.

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Our Twenty Top Selling Self Defense Items

Posted by Rob on Thursday, 26 March, 2009

Many people agree that it would be a good idea to purchase some sort of personal protection device for themselves or someone they know. But then, many people are unsure of which of the many available options would be right for them.

It really is a personal preference decision. The best product on the market will do you absolutely no good if you don’t feel comfortable with it and just leave it at home.

Given the choice, a larger sized pepper spray is better, as it holds more spray, just in case. But then if your wife or daughter is not willing to carry a “Red Bull can”-sized pepper spray, at least the “roll of quarters”-sized keychain model is better than nothing.

Telescopic steel batons, one of my favorites, are great self-defense tools. They are available in 3 sizes, basically depending on your physical stature. A petite female may prefer the smaller, 16 inch model. It is slightly lighter in weight, and more conveniently stored. The 21 inch model is the most popular sized model, for an average size adult, but the extra length of the 26 inch provides a further reach and extra power due to 5 more inches of steel.

Then there is the telescopic stun baton. You are not swinging this one like the steel baton, but this 800k volt stun gun has almost 22 inches of reach.

Sure there are even more possible considerations, pepper spray in the “Windy City” may be challenging depending on which direction you are facing. And handing any self-defense tool to someone without any training or practice time may yield poor results.

No matter which item you purchase, make sure you are very comfortable unsheathing, deploying and otherwise handling the item in the most efficient and effective manner. Most of this items are very simple and easy to get used to with a little practice.

We aren’t trying to master the nunchucks like Bruce Lee. We just want you to be able to pull out a can of pepper spray, a stun gun or a telescopic steel baton without fumbling around like you never held one before. Don’t add to the stress of trying to defend yourself or a loved one by trying to learn how to press the on switch in front of an attacker.

So here is the list of our 20 top selling items. You will notice, some are accessories of other items on the list, such as the LED flashlight attachment for the expandable batons and the holster for the Bear Spray.

1. Kubotans – Pointed and Flat tips, Black, Red, Blue or Silver in color
2. 1/2 oz Pepper Spray w/Injection Molded Holster
3. Wildfire 18% 1/2 oz Pepper Spray
4. Mace Pepper Spray for Dogs
5. Telescopic Steel Batons – 16 inch, 21 inch or 26 inch models
6. Wildfire 18% 1.5 ounce Pepper Spray
7. Diversion Safes – Wide variety of styles
8. 1/2 oz Pepper Spray w/Leatherette Holster
9. Mace Pepper Spray for Bears
10. 4 oz. Wildfire 18% Pepper Spray – Fogger
11. Lipstick Pepper Spray – Black, Red. Blue, Silver or Pink
12. Cell Phone Stun Gun – 4 models to choose from
13. Bear Spray Holster - Holds 9 oz. Bear Spray canister
14. Heart Attack Key Chain
15. 800,000 volt Telescopic Stun Baton
16. Electronic Dog Repeller
17. Screw-on LED for baton – Attaches to the end of a Telescopic Steel Baton
18. 1/2 ounce Pepper Spray w/Quick Key Release Keychain
19. Folding Pocket Knifes - Several models to choose from
20. Keychain Personal Alarm w/Light

Remember, just because an item you were considering did not make the list, doesn’t mean that item is not perfect for your particular situation. This list was generated purely on number of items sold.

There are many higher value items that are excellent personal protection tools that I would recommend highly, but just didn’t out sell the quantity of some of these other listed items. The C2 Taser, 950,000 volt Runt Stun Gun, 775,000 volt Stun Master Stun Gun and our Mace Pepper Gun to name a few, are some very serious self-defense options.

Be Safe, Be Prepared.

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Who Would Win a Fight, a Taser or a Stun Gun?

Posted by Rob on Monday, 11 August, 2008

VS.

How many volt stun gun should I buy?
I’ve seen them online from 80,000 volts to 2 million volts. Does the voltage really matter? What is the difference between lower and higher voltage?
Is it the amount time the attacker is disabled, or the amount of pain he will feel?
What is the advantage to buying higher voltage stun guns?
Are there any stun gun models that work better than others do?
Which is better rechargeable or standard battery powered stun guns?
What is the difference between Tasers and a traditional stun gun?
Are 80,000 volt stun guns better than 50,000 volt Tasers?

A common misconception is that the voltage of a stun gun is what stops an attacker, the higher the voltage the better. In actuality, it is not the voltage, but the amperage. From an electrical standpoint, amperage is the measurement of the amount of electrons moving in a circuit and the voltage is the measurement of how much force those electrons are under.

It is not the voltage that can harm an individual, it is the amperage. One amp is enough to kill a person, while our stun gun products typically run 5-11 milliamps. This range is enough to temporarily incapacitate someone without rendering any permanent damage.

Both Tasers and Stun Guns are low amperage devices so you are not actually electrocuted by them.

STUN GUNS

Stun Guns concentrate on an individual’s muscle group and transfers the energy stored in the device very quickly to the target and causes the muscles to do a great deal of work. Basically, the jolt from a stun gun causes muscles to twitch at a high rate of speed, which rapidly depletes the attacker’s blood sugar and causes a great amount of lactic acid to be built up in a rather short amount of time. Imagine an intense feeling of muscle failure you would get from an extremely strenuous and lengthy physical workout, then multiply it by three. The attacker is now unable to further produce energy to these muscles and their body is unable to function properly.

The tiny neurological impulses that provide direction and control to voluntary muscle movement are also impaired. An overwhelmed neuromuscular system causes an attacker to lose balance and collapse to the ground. It may be possible for an extremely determined attacker or drugged out assailant to partially overcome these effects, and contact must be maintained for several seconds to produce the desired result. Resistance to this would call for an additional period of contact to the partially dazed individual or deployment of another self defense mechanism, such as pepper spray.

Stun Guns are typically powered by one to four 9-volt batteries or two to three Lithium batteries. These batteries supply the various electrical components in the circuit with electricity, including multiple transformers, components that provide a voltage boost and reduce the amperage of the unit. As previously indicated, the actual effectiveness of a stun gun is dependent on the amperage of a particular model, the attacker’s body size, the attacker’s determination, and the amount of time you are able to hold the device to his body. The higher the voltage, the quicker the lactic acid may build up, but it is still a matter of amperage for effectiveness.

This high-voltage but low-amperage charge has what you would consider a lot of pressure, but not that much damaging power as far as intensity goes. A painful jolt will startle an attacker with a ½-second jolt. An approximately 1-2 second discharge should start to cause muscle spasms and a dazed effect on the attacker. An ideal 3-5 second zap should render the attacker disoriented and unbalanced, as well as loss of muscle control as he hits the ground.

Be advised, a stun gun is not intended to be quick ½-second tap weapon. The most effective deployment is when the stun gun is firmly pressed into a primary target such as an articulating hinge of the body (such as an armpit, shoulder socket, hip joint or abdomen) or to a secondary target of a larger muscle group such as the thigh. If you apply the stun device to an area of the body that can easily be pulled away, such as an outstretched arm, you lose your element of surprise and the effectiveness is greatly reduced.

We would suggest any of our 625,000 volt Stun Master Stun Guns to our 950,000 volt Cell Phone Stun Gun models, and any of the models in between. As far as bang for your buck goes, for under $80, these models offer quite an acceptable stopping power taking into account a good amperage and voltage ratings. We do offer much cheaper $20-40, lower powered models if cost is a concern, but realistically you want to pack some more power than a 80,000 to 300,000 volt stun gun. The most important concern would be size of the stun gun in comparison to the size of your hand, and the convenience of carrying or disguising the stun gun as a harmless cellular phone. In our opinion, while rechargeable stun guns seem more convenient, nothing beats the consistent power of a standard stun gun with regular Energizer batteries.

TASERS

Taser technology works slightly different from that of stun guns, although the term taser and stun guns are often used interchangeably. The most notable difference between the Taser and Stun Guns is the distance required to deploy. While Stun Guns are contact weapons, a taser shoots out two prongs that attach to an attacker’s clothing or skin and deliver a shocking zap from 15-30 feet away. In a pinch, C2 Tasers work as a close quarters contact stun gun also.

In contrast to the muscular attack of stun guns, TASER Devices attack the human body’s electrical system. A 50,000 volt taser would override the normal electrical activity carrying signals to your brain, affecting the signals sent to muscles to allow basic mechanical function. Basically shorting out your electrical system, individuals hit with a Taser are unable to move, tense up and just freeze in place, typically after hitting the ground.

This unique instantaneous effect is why Tasers are more effective in quickly stopping an attacker and why law enforcement typically prefer TASER Devices over traditional stun guns. Anyone can be subdues or incapacitated by a Taser, even assailants hopped up on drugs. The drawback is that the effects of a taser are recovered from much quicker, which is both good and bad, depending on the situation.

When a Taser’s probes strike an attacker, the Advanced Taser M18L must continue to fire to keep an attacker at bay. A Taser C2 has an automatic 30-second firing sequence that continues to juice an assailant so you can set the device down and run to safety while the person remains incapacitated for the duration of the cycle.

If you have ever watched the demo videos from Taser or on YouTube, you will notice a stun gunned victim recovers slowly because their muscles are extremely fatigued, while a tased and confused victim recovers much quicker as they regain control of their electrical system.

We are not talking about the videos of drunk college kids zapping each other for ½ second on the arm and laughing about it. We are talking about the fewer videos of actual stun gun demonstrations where a stun gun actually deployed properly and deliberately for the recommended period of time. It is no wonder while some people question the effectiveness of these weapons after watching some drunken kids mess around in a dorm room.

Make no mistake about it, both Tasers and Stun Guns are both reliable and effective self defense weapons.

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Ah, Mr. Taser… Your reputation precedes you…

Posted by Rob on Friday, 9 May, 2008

Taser. Just speak its name and the threat of its
jolt can stop a man in his tracks.

“Taser, Taser, Taser!” was all a Salt Lake City
police officer had to shout when he couldn’t catch up
to a fleeing suspect this past Wednesday. Police
said the man suddenly threw himself on the ground
and immediately surrendered.

Tasers use compressed nitrogen to fire two
barbed darts that can immobilize someone with a
50,000-volt shock. That is if the sight or sound of
the Taser does not deter the person first.

The TASER C2 civilian model has a 15-foot range,
and the lithium power magazine, providing up to
50 jolts. An integrated LED light is included to help
users see into the shadows before firing, and a
trigger safety cover is provided to help prevent
accidental activation.

The TASER C2 now comes in nine attractive and
stylish colors: black pearl, titanium silver, metallic
pink, electric blue, fashion pink, red hot, forest
camo, desert camo and leopard print. Get your
hands on one of the latest self defense weapons
or give the perfect gift to one of your loved ones.

Don’t forget to order some extra Air Cartridges for
practice. The 4-pack also includes a practice target.

Criminals don’t play fair. Level the playing field and
be prepared for the worse. Yelling “Taser!” might
work on the not-so-bright, but make sure you have
the real thing to back up your words. Know what to do,
have a plan and don’t be afraid to defend yourself when
necessary.

https://worthprotectionsecurity.com/c2_taser.htm

It would be nice to believe that nothing will happen to
you, but the reality of it is that an ounce of protection
could be worth more than a pound of cure. What is Worth
Protection to you? Your belongings? Your family? Your
personal well-being?

Yours in safety,

Rob

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